Wheels in motion for the fourth annual MS Cycle

Participants taking to the road at last year's MS Cycle. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Cycling enthusiasts are gearing up for the fourth annual MS Cycle, which takes place on Saturday, October 11.

Cycling enthusiasts are gearing up for the fourth annual MS Cycle, which takes place on Saturday, October 11.

Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take on the route from Longford Rugby Club to Carrick-on-Shannon and back.

There is no denying that the event has garnered huge support, with 240 participants registering for the 2013 event, compared to 38 in 2011.

Founded by Donal, Brendan, Sean, Eamonn, Rosemarie and Dearbhla Considine, the MS Cycle has so far raised €65,000 for the MS Northwest Therapy Centre in Sligo, a cause close to the hearts of the family, as Eamonn was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) over twenty years ago. The centre allows those with MS to undergo a variety of treatments and it also provides a great support and social outlet for people living with MS.

Speaking to the Leader, Donal Considine acknowledged all who have backed the event over the years.

“We really appreciate the support its built over the last three years and the support that has been given to us.

“We are looking forward to an even bigger success this year,” he continued.

A great day is in store for participants, with registration from 9am. Beginner cyclists will leave the Rugby Club at 10am while the rest of the crowd will set off at 11am.

Refreshments will be served in Carrick-on-Shannon and all participants will be treated to a delicious meal at the Rugby Club on return. That night, celebrations will continue with music in the Rugby Club by Sean Hussey, followed by a DJ.

To keep up to date with preparations, keep an eye out for the event’s Facebook page, ‘MS Cycle 2014’. It is also hoped that the MS Cycle website will be launched in the coming weeks.

Registration costs €30 or sponsorship cards are available from the family. For more information or to get a sponsorship card, contact Donal on 086 8187935 or Eamonn on 086 3868611.